Librivox recording of Beyond Good and Evil, by Friedrich Nietzsche.
First published in 1886 at Nietzsche's own expense, the book was not initially considered important. In it, Nietzsche denounced what he considered to be the moral vacuity of 19th century thinkers. He attacked philosophers for what he considered to be their lack of critical sense and their blind acceptance of Christian premises in their considerations of morality and values. Beyond Good and Evil is a comprehensive overview of Nietzscheâs mature philosophy. (Summary from Wikipedia)
October 5, 2015 Subject:
Excellent work by Nietzsche
Even though at some moments this book is somehow difficult to understand for lay readers like me, it is, nevertheless, a very important denounce of the superficiality in which many philosophers of his time accepted the dogmas and tenants of the Christian religion. It also does well in pointing to the falacies and true motives of certain groups who make use of religion as a weapon to control, distort and subjugate the masses.
I recommend its reading to any interested in knowing why Nietzsche was and is still not so welcomed in certain religious and philosophical circles.
As an additional observation, it would have been great if all the volunteers reading the book would have shown a more professional attitude when reading some of the chapters; some of them read way too fast and even misread some words from the text.
January 19, 2010 Subject:
Not as good as I hoped...
I may be misjudging this one, because I haven't listened to the whole book and I'm not very familiar with Nietzsche. (Up to now I've only listened to Librivox's version of The Antichrist.) It strikes me as the sort of book that requires some background and/or careful reading to be worthwhile, and that may be one reason this audiorecording lost my interest very early on.
However, in this recording I find that several of the readers read carelessly, without evident comprehension; too drily, without passion; with thick foreign accents; and/or with mispronunciations. No offense meant to the volunteer readers, but I wish someone would rerecord chapters 2, 5, and possibly others. Any takers?